MissionH24, sustainable action at Spa-Francorchamps
Mission H24 continues its mission to pioneer zero-emission racing at the Spa-Francorchamps round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (26-29 April 2023) with one electric-hydrogen prototype on display and the other on track.
The programme was officially launched at the Belgian racetrack in 2018 with the aim of showing that hydrogen is as safe and reliable as the internal combustion engine. This year’s meet offers race organiser the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) and the circuit operator the opportunity to demonstrate their ongoing commitment to promote sustainable mobility.
The FIA WEC field comprising Hypercar, LMP2 and LMGTE Am machines will be preceded by the LMPH2G electric-hydrogen prototype for a pre-race demonstration. The revolutionary racecar – which emits nothing other than water – is no stranger to Spa-Francorchamps. In 2018, it completed several laps in the hands of Yannick Dalmas during the European Le Mans Series meet, refuelling with hydrogen in view of curious onlookers gathered in the pit lane.
Since 2018, MissionH24 has made steady progress, with new “firsts” unveiled at Spa-Francorchamps (see video), such as the mobile H2 station created by TotalEnergies. In 2022, the H24 took over the baton from the LMPH2G, competing in the Michelin Le Mans Cup and reaching the chequered flag in every round entered. A ground-breaking feat. In 2023, both cars will be at the TotalEnergies 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps to show the progress achieved by this new technology.
While the H24 will be displayed in the fan zone edutainment village, ACO president Pierre Fillon will take to the track at 10:00 on Saturday in the LMPH2G with Amaury Bertholomé, Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps CEO, in the passenger seat. For the team, this is an ideal opportunity to showcase the research undertaken by motorsport in the quest for carbon-free racing and mobility.